Specific details of Governor Walker’s Special Session School Safety Package are becoming available. We anticipate that copies of the six bills that comprise the package will be posted on the Legislature’s website by tomorrow (Friday, March 16) afternoon, once the paper ballot vote in each house on introducing the package of six bills has been tallied.
The heart of the package is the creation of a $100 million grant program, to be administered by a new Office of School Safety within the state Department of Justice (DOJ). The director of this new office would be appointed by the Attorney General. The office would award grants to improve school safety to school districts, operators of independent charter schools, governing bodies of private schools, and tribal schools. Although the money would be provided in the 2017-18 fiscal year, it would be provided under a continuing appropriation, so that any money that was not spent during the that period would carry over.
Continue reading Details of Governor’s Special Session school safety package emerge
From the governor’s office press release:
MADISON—Governor Scott Walker today called for a special session of the Wisconsin State Legislature to pass his comprehensive School Safety Plan.
“No child, parent, or teacher should ever have to feel unsafe in school,” said Governor Walker. “This package of bills focuses on ways we can help schools be safe, just like we did at the federal level ensuring that every airport and airplane were safe after 9/11. The same thing needs to be true for our schools all across the State of Wisconsin. We are putting $100 million behind this plan.” Continue reading Gov. Walker announces $100 million school safety package; calls for special session of the legislature
Although the state Senate will still meet at least one more time this session and we expect it to pass additional bills, here is a list of the bills affecting public K-12 education that have passed both houses and are ready to be delivered to Governor Walker’s desk:
Continue reading K-12 education bills currently awaiting the governor’s signature
The state Assembly approved a measure authored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc, pictured) that would provide state grants to school districts to hire current and former law enforcement officers as armed school safety officers. The state Department of Justice (DOJ) would administer the grants and only schools that contain students in grades 5 through 12 would be eligible to apply.
Under the measure, a school district may receive a grant for 3 consecutive years without having to submit a new application each year. In the first year, the grant shall cover 75% of the costs associated with employing armed school safety officers; in the 2nd year, the grant shall cover 50%; and in the 3rd year, 25%. DOJ shall protect against liability a school district receiving grant moneys and an armed school safety officer employed using the grant moneys for any actions taken in good faith. Continue reading Assembly recap: new grant program for schools to hire armed school safety officers
The state Senate passed Assembly Bill 835 authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) & Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green, pictured), during its floor session on Tuesday, February 20 on a vote of 31-1. Sen. Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon) was the only No vote. The state Assembly had previously passed the bill on a 91-2 vote and it now goes to Gov. Walker, who has already indicated his support.
Also approved by the state Senate: Continue reading Senate recap: sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill passed
The Wisconsin state Senate is scheduled to take up Assembly Bill 835, authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) & Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), during its floor session on Tuesday, February 20. The state Assembly has already passed AB 835 on a vote of 91-2. If passed by the state Senate, it goes to Gov. Walker, who has already indicated his support.
The bill increases sparsity aid for eligible districts as well as raising the low revenue ceiling for low-spending school districts. An amendment that was added to the bill by the Joint Finance Committee last week relating to districts with a recent failed operational referendum (see previous post) was also approved by the Assembly.
Also on the February 20th calendar: Continue reading Senate to take up sparsity aid/low revenue ceiling bill & others on Feb. 20